Yarra Kitchen & Bar Launching in Heart of Southbank Precinct on Water’s Edge

The Garden Bar pop-up opens this Friday

Yarra Kitchen & Bar from Australian Venue Co will launch in the Southbank Precinct, on the water’s edge, on Friday, 22nd January.The unique outdoor dining space has been designed to showcase Melbourne in an ambient outdoor terrace atmosphere to offer an unforgettable summer experience. Yarra Kitchen & Bar will be open 7 days a week and will be ideal for everyone to enjoy casual dining and drinks on the river, from date nights to catch-ups with friends, family outings to group dining. Being dog friendly, guests can even bring their pooch.

Perched on the edge of the Yarra on Sandridge Wharf (adjacent to Hopscotch), in the heart of the Southbank precinct, the pop-up venue will have a capacity of 165 people.Guests will be able to enjoy views of the river and Melbourne’s CBD while relaxing at the garden tables and chairs and wicker armchair pods. The Yarra Kitchen & Bar team are excited to launch this brand-new space that will be enjoyed in these warmer months.

Contactless ordering will be available – the menu can be viewed, ordered and paid for directly via the guests’ phones by simply scanning a QR code. No sign-up required! The food and drinks will then be brought to the table.

The menu by Executive Chef Telina Menzies showcases native Australian ingredients – in dishes such as native pink pepper squidwith beer mayo, crumbed Spring Creek barramundi baowith paw paw slaw, fermented chilli mayo and pickles, and loaded Aussie prawn rollwith spicy mayo, cucumber, pickles and crisps. Raw Bar highlights include the Aussie oysters with native mignonette and kingfish flatbread with smoked chilli & passionfruit dressing, avocado, fennel, finger lime, lemon myrtle mayo.

Grazers can snack on a hearty meat board, the Aussie cheese board or flatbread with dips such as Greek-style tarama with Yarra Valley salmon pearls or smoked red pepper hummus with za’atar.

A dedicated spritz menu is designed for sun-drenched socialising, with six spritzes by the glass and two available by the carafe.Spritzes include elderflower spritz, pink gin spritz, ink gin spritz, lemon and jasmine Sicilian spritz, and by the glass or by the carafe, Aperol spritz and blood orange spritz. The drinks list also includes other refreshing summer sips from local wines to hard seltzers, tinnies and classic cocktails.

Yarra Kitchen & Bar follows a number of other successful Australian Venue Co pop-ups in Melbourne, including the annual Exchange Beach Club in Port Melbourne, the annual Grand Prix Street Party at Middle Park Hotel and The Winter Village in Federation Square, held for the first time in 2019.

“A major activation like Yarra Kitchen & Bar is the perfect way for us to celebrate iconic Melbourne locations, tailored to the type of experience Melburnians are looking for throughout the year. Yarra Kitchen & Bar is all about spending as much time as possible with your mates in the sunshine, by the water – exactly what we need after a challenging year spent mostly indoors!” explains Kylie Moncur, AVC’s Chief Marketing Officer.

While bookings are recommended, walk-in space will be available.


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